If you are a principal, you already know the headline--- Principals Matter. Principals have great influence on the success of a school, the outcomes of students, the growth and collective efficacy of the staff, the climate and culture of the school, and the future of education. While often times a middle manager balancing the demands of the central office and the needs of their school building, principals are called to implement policy, procedure, and best practice while attending to their building specific people, situations, programs, and place in development. It's a very diverse and complicated position that requires many skills sets and the ability to focus on everything at once. This report tells us how the best principals do it. It breaks the work into interesting subsets. It's well worth a read!
Here it is: Wallace Foundation: How Principals Affect Students and Schools, a Systemic Synthesis of Two Decades of Research
This report is so good that I will be digging into it here for many more blog posts and in my dissertation work this summer! Each component requires deeper consideration and reflection. But for today, I'm sharing some of the highlights.
The key take away for principals, assistant principals and aspiring school leaders: YOU MATTER! You make an incredible difference!
My closing thought on this for today is: How do we nurture, grow, coach, encourage, and support our current leaders and aspiring leaders? It's clear the role is big and the expectations are vast. Each principal has their strengths and their growth areas. Are we providing them what they need to constantly grow, reflect, modify, do better, refresh, stay current, develop their growth areas, celebrate their strengths, and keep them in the role so they can impact greater change!!!
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Passionate about ALL things education. Focused on school improvement and leadership development. With 20 years experience, over a decade as a school principal, and also a Senior Adjunct Professor at a School of Education, I am committed to supporting schools, school leaders, innovation, and growth that enhances the educational experiences provided to students and families.